You may or may not know that now to highlight the small independent record shops around the world they have a special day. This year it is Saturday 21 April 2012. Now the record labels are fully supporting this event with exclusive releases to tempt us the public back into those marvellous emporiums of musical delights. Below I have highlighted some of the special releases for the United Kingdom that caught my eye. For a worldwide picture you can find out what’s being released in your neck of the woods by clicking on the excellent Record Store Day website.With all the major labels now in on the act it is no more just small indie and rock bands that have exclusive releases but also many superstar acts. It maybe that these labels are cashing in on the artists names! But if that persuades you to track down a record shop then so be it. Starting my recommendations is an ABBA record ‘Voulez-Vous‘ Extended Dance Remix 12″ limited and numbered vinyl single that will go very quickly. Next up are the vinyl singles by popular indie artists Arcade Fire ‘Sprawl II‘ 12″ Remix and Arctic Monkeys‘ ‘R U Mine?‘ issued on a limited purple 7″ vinyl, seem very appealing too.
Even the BBC Radiophonic Workshop have a couple of releases including an album of ‘Dr Who Sound Effects‘ LP at just 1000 copies worldwide. Then we have Belle And Sebastian’s 7″ single delight ‘Crash‘ along with a 4 x 7″ numbered box set by stalwart Bob Dylan entitled ‘Can You Please Crawl Out Of Your Window‘ to tempt you. Whilst Bruce Springsteen supports the cause with ‘Rocky Ground/The Promise (Live)‘ 7″ single. One sure fire bet record to sell very quickly is the limited 500 copies only of ‘Up With The Birds‘ by Coldplay.
A real gem though is by David Bowie who has ‘Starman‘ re-issued as a 7″ single with the added spice of having the TOTP’s version recently discovered on the b-side. It’s great to see Edwyn Collins has a 6 x 7″ ‘Tape Box‘ released who has recovered recently from a stroke. Elbow whom have supported this cause before issue ‘McGreggor‘ as a 7″ single. Always a good seller when I worked in a record shop was Genesis‘ ‘Spot The Pigeon‘ available in a cool 12″ blue vinyl.
Gorillaz release a 10″ picture disc of their song ‘DoYaThing‘, can you remember when everyone released this format though I think alot became clocks on people’s walls. Something I shall hunt down is the ‘Lake Tahoe‘ 10″ Picture Disc (1000 copies) by Kate Bush. Even pop stars like Katy Perry are helping out with her 12″ pink vinyl single of ‘Part Of Me’. Whereas Marilyn Manson delivers us a 500 copy edition of ‘No Reflection‘ on 7″ white vinyl. Heavy metal rockers Metallica let loose a 12″ copy of ‘Beyond Magnetic‘.
Another record that will be snapped up pronto is Morrissey’s 10″ picture disc of ‘Suedehead‘ due to the fact he’s one of the most collectible artists around. Whilst fellow Mancunian Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds releases ‘Songs From The Great White North‘ on a 12″ opaque white vinyl (whatever that is). Of real interest also is the 2 x 7″ EP set of ‘Quadrophenia Demos‘ being issued by Pete Townshend. Both the Sex Pistols ‘Anarchy In The UK‘ and The Clash’s ‘London’s Calling‘ are re-released on 7″ vinyl in time for the London Olympics no doubt.
One record I shall definitely be purchasing is Simple Minds 12″ remixes of ‘Theme For Great Cities‘ just to keep my collection going. Of course no Record Shop Day wouldn’t be complete if The Beatles did not release anything special. Well they have not disappointed us by releasing a repackaged ‘1’s Singles Collection‘ in a tin box containing 4 x 7″ singles. Universal Records re-issue the first six albums by The Cure on vinyl for the day too including the classic ‘Faith‘. Another one of my favourites artists The Wake have a 2 x LP box set entitled ‘Here Comes Everybody‘ as a reminder just before their new album is out.
I could go on and on with such wonders being issued but I’ll leave that for you to discover. There are also a whole host of artists which have special releases in the UK in very limited quantities (under 100 copies) for the day which all can be found on the Record Store Day website. Post on here the record you’ve seen you’d like to get hold of. To find out where and which stores are participating in this the fifth such event click here.
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